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Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency Program

Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) at Cornell University, Residency Program in Laboratory Animal Medicine

The Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE) at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY is sponsoring an ACLAM-accredited laboratory animal medicine residency beginning in July 2017. The objective of this 2.5 to 3 year residency program is to train graduate veterinarians for a career in laboratory animal medicine, research, and service by providing them with the knowledge and experience necessary to achieve certification by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. Vet Resident with BeagleThe academic home of this residency program is the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Residents receive training to advance the humane care and responsible use of laboratory animals, including:

  • Clinical diagnosis, treatment, and management of various species and models in biomedical and agricultural settings
  • Research support, consultation, and services including surgical and anesthesia support and training, development of animal models, and implementation of reduction, replacement, and refinement strategies (3 Rs) when conducting research
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry programs, occupational health and safety concerns, and regulations and standards pertaining to lab animal care
  • IACUC responsibilities and knowledge of animal welfare issues
  • design and completion of independent or collaborative research with subsequent first author publication in a peer-reviewed journal

The large size and diverse nature of the Cornell University animal resources program engages the resident in the many facets of laboratory animal medicine, as well experience in the care and management of agricultural species. Additional training will include external rotations at a primate research center and/or pharmaceutical companies and academic institutions to gain hands-on primate experience. Opportunity exists for a concurrent masterís degree in the graduate field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences through the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Cornell University is nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. This region of New York has miles of beautiful trails, waterfalls, campsites, and gorges. Residents of the city of Ithaca and the surrounding townships have access to the Cayuga Lakeís water ways allowing a variety of activities including boating, kayaking, and fishing. Furthermore, Cayuga Lake is surrounded by 100+ wineries, cideries, and distilleries along with microbreweries and a vibrant downtown district in the heart of Ithaca. For more information on this region, go to

Cornell is participating in the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program (VIRMP). Applicants to this program must complete their applications on or before November 6, 2016 to ensure that the program has ample time to schedule and complete interviews with prospective candidates. See As this deadline is distinct from other residency specialties participating in the VIRMP you should contact your references and registrar to ensure they submit their letters of support and your transcripts ahead of the November 6, 2016 deadline.

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Questions or comments? Contact Dr. Mary Martin at (607) 253-3520 or